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Wallace Foundation Announces $40 Million Effort to Help Arts Organizations Thrive

The Wallace Foundation has announced a six-year, $40-million arts initiative, Building Audiences for Sustainability, designed to help about 25 outstanding performing arts organizations across the United States create programs that attract new audiences while retaining existing ones. This initiative aims to provide meaningful support to arts organizations whose artistic vision and mission involve building audiences. The foundation also seeks to understand and share evidence and experiences from these organizations on whether and how they can achieve and sustain audience gains, and whether these gains improve their overall financial health.

Member Spotlight on Houston Endowment

During the month of October, GIA's photo banner features artists and projects supported by Houston Endowment. Houston Endowment is the Anchor Sponsor for the annual GIA conference happening this month.

Houston Endowment supports nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that produce and maximize enduring benefits for the people of the greater Houston area. Jesse H. Jones and Mary Gibbs Jones established Houston Endowment as a private philanthropic foundation in 1937; since that time, Houston Endowment has donated almost $1.7 billion ($3 billion in constant dollars) to help arts and culture, education, environment, health and human services organizations realize the Joneses’ vision of creating a community where the opportunity to thrive is available to all.

Racial Equity: The History and Purpose of our Work

By Janet Brown from her blog Better Together

My first year at Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) was 2009. When I travelled the country to meet members and learn about their work, I was surprised by my conversations with most private funders.

Conversations on Capitalization: Overcoming the Obstacles

A blog post from Rebecca Thomas at Nonprofit Finance Fund:

Earlier this month, Nonprofit Finance Fund released a new analysis featuring the responses from the leaders of 919 arts and culture organizations who took our 2014 survey of nonprofit business health. The State of the Arts and Culture Sector report captures the challenges and triumphs of nonprofits grappling with financial pressures, changing demographics, new technologies, and opportunities to expand the reach of their programs. (The full data can be filtered by artistic discipline, geography and budget size through our online survey analyzer, available here).
Chicago Official Named Boston’s New Arts Chief

From Joel Brown, writing for The Boston Globe:

After an eye-opening campaign pledge followed by a six-month national search, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has chosen the city’s new Chief of Arts and Culture. In the new cabinet-level post, Julie Burros will be charged with enacting Walsh’s plan to put the creative sector front and center in Boston’s future. Burros, 49, who will be sworn in to the $125,000-a-year post in December, will tackle everything from creating a broad cultural plan to the nuts and bolts of making the city an easier place for artists to live and work.
New NEA Resources for Arts-based Community Development

The National Endowment for the Arts is launching new resources to assist practitioners who are working on arts-based community development projects. These resources will assist those practitioners to develop projects that are authentic, equitable, and that augment existing local assets. Those resources are:

Artist Trust Names Shannon Roach Halberstadt as Executive Director

Following a national search, Artist Trust has announced that Shannon Roach Halberstadt has been hired as its Executive Director. She will start at Artist Trust in October 2014. Halberstadt is currently the Executive Director of Spokane Arts and previously served as Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy and as Managing Director of the Vera Project.

Read the full announcement.

Progress Report on GIA’s National Capitalization Project

Helicon Collaborative was commissioned to help Grantmakers in the Arts understand the value of its local funder workshops presented in 2012 and 2013 and other programs where capitalization education has been included since 2010, when GIA’s National Capitalization Project began. The results are detailed in the newly published Progress Report on Grantmakers in the Arts’ National Capitalization Project.

GIA Conference Keynote Among MacArthur Fellows

Rick Lowe of Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas, has been named as a MacArthur Fellow in the 2014 class that will be announced on September 18. Lowe will be the keynote speaker at the Tuesday Luncheon Plenary of the GIA 2014 Conference taking place next month in Houston. Read about Mr. Lowe and the entire 2014 class.

MacArthur Awards Go to 21 Diverse Fellows

From Felicia R. Lee, writing for The New York Times:

Twelve men and nine women, whose work is as diverse as studying the racial elements in perceptions of crime and translating contemporary Arab poetry, have been named the 2014 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The fellowships, based on achievement and potential, come with a stipend of $625,000 over five years and are among the most prestigious prizes for artists, scholars and professionals. The awards are being announced on Wednesday by the foundation, which is based in Chicago.